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Epic Food Binge (Ela, Blackfish, Mica)


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Epic Food Binge (Ela, Blackfish, Mica)

PhillyBestBYOB | Mar 10, 2013 08:49 AM

Long story as to how this got started, but we decided to try all 3 of Chip Roman's restaurants in one weekend.

Friday, night #1, we sat at the bar at Jason Cichonski's & Chip's ELA in Queen's Village. Been here a couple of times before and love the scallop "noodles", but have never tried the bar food (can also order off the regular menu).

Excellent cocktails (great service by a very personable bartender, unfortunately I've forgotten her name):
~"bought a bride" (spiced rum, ginger, aperol, disaronno, lime)--I had two
~"noro" (bourbon whiskey, luxardo bitter, amaro meletti, orange)--strong!

Bar food:
~Cheese burger, med rare--very good, and this really was as rare as a med rare can go without breaking the law, and very coarsely cut so it had a lot of interesting texture (might not appeal to some), cheddar and kale on brioche roll, came with "tots" (cubed potatoes with a bit of spice and a spicy-creamy dipping sauce)

We also had some short-rib "fries" (meat cut into sticks, breaded and deep fried, with a horseradish sauce), a delicious kale and carrot salad (mustard dressing), and some chicken tenders (with 2 dipping sauces).

All-in-all, some very good bar food, creative cocktails, and a pleasant atmosphere. Arrived at 7PM on a Friday and it was very quiet, but a couple of hours later it was pretty full.

The bill ran to $74/2 not counting a tip. Easy parking at a open-air lot a 1/2 block away.

A great place to spend a Friday evening...1 down, 2 to go...

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